The shortlisted nominees for this year's Hospitality Guild Apprenticeship Awards have been announced.
Apprentices are judged according to level, such as Intermediate and Advanced, while other categories include Mentor of the Year and Employer of the Year - the latter of which separates companies by those with more, or fewer, than 250 employees.
Winners will scoop a mini iPad and a week's work experience in a prestigious professional environment, such as The Ritz London, Babylon at the Roof Gardens in Kensington, or Cyrus Todiwala's Café Spice Namasté. Clare Smyth of the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay will also offer a day's coaching to the Mentor of the Year.
Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Professional Association for Catering Education and the British Institute of Innkeeping, and held in partnership with People 1st, the awards are set to be announced on 3 December at a prize giving ceremony at the Tower of London.
The event will also induct new members into the Hospitality Guild's Young Hall of Fame, thereby recognising young professionals working in the industry.
Sophie Roberts Brown, operations director of the Hospitality Guild, said: "The nominations we received this year highlighted the impressive skills apprentices in our industry have, and the way in which their employers, mentors and training providers support them.
"With so many inspiring examples of outstanding talent and support, we're going to face a number of tough decisions when it comes to choosing our winners to be announced in December."
Intermediate Apprentice of the Year
•Conan Brooks, Charnwood Training Group, Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery
•Daniela Ianneli, The Waldorf Hilton, Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Food and Beverage
•Jodie Britton, Bristol Marriott Royal, Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery
Advanced Apprentice of the Year
•Amy Duthie, Compass Group UK & Ireland Ltd, Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery
•Ronald Dzepasi, Lancaster London, Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery
•Connor Black, The Hand & Flowers, Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery
Apprenticeship Mentor of the Year
•Allister Bishop, Executive Sous Chef, Harrods
•Brian Lane, Chef Trainer, Barchester Healthcare
•Linda Hall, Food and Beverage Supervisor, Hilton Warwick
Employer of the Year: Large (more than 250 employees)
•The Orchid Group
Employer of the Year: SME (fewer than 250 employees)
•The Bonnington (Cavendish Hotel) Ltd
•Moleface Pub Group
Partnership of the Year
•Hilton Worldwide and Lifetime Training
•Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Bournemouth & Poole College
•Spirit Pub Company and Charnwood Training
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